MP man helps stop potentially dangerous situation at Walmart
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
A Mt. Pleasant man, George Gaylord, disarmed a potentially dangerous individual at the local Wal-Mart while waiting for the police to respond, averting what could have been a serious situation.
Just after midnight Monday morning, the Mt. Pleasant police arrested Ronald Mogensen, 49, Mohawk, Tenn., at Wal-Mart for going armed with intent, a class D felony; disorderly conduct; and public intoxication when he allegedly pulled a knife out of his pocket to possibly injure store employees and other customers, according to a press release from the police department and witnesses on the scene.
According to the news release, police responded to the store for a report of a verbal dispute and officers were advised that one of the people involved displayed a knife. Witnesses at the scene stated that Gaylord restrained the individual.
“I was at the checkout counter and the guy (Mogensen) was being real loud and belligerent,” said Gaylord. “I watched the guy reach toward his hip and grab a knife. Everyone else was looking at him at eye level, but I saw him go for his hip. He grabbed a knife and was opening it up to stab someone and as he went to swing, I reached out and twisted his arm.
“I had both hands on his wrists and a store employee was right there, so I told him to grab the knife,” continued Gaylord. “ The guy finally let the knife go, so I just held him there until the police came.”
While Gaylord said he has had no prior emergency situation training, he seemed to know exactly what to do.
“I just saw that he was going to kill them or seriously hurt them, so I had to do something,” he said. “I didn’t think about it, I just did it. I saw the knife and just went for it.”
According to the press release from the police department, no one was injured and Mogensen is being held at the Henry County Jail.